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Lend your story to CWRU’s Oral History Project

The rich, diverse history of Case Western Reserve University is celebrated through the newly launched Oral History Project, sponsored by The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. The project highlights the university’s history through videos, interviews and photos.

The first video in the series features distinguished alumnus and civil rights lawyer Fred Gray (LAW ’54, HON ‘92). Gray is known nationally for his civil rights work, which included representing Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the video, Gray recounts his time at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.

The second video in the series features Nancy Fink (WRC ‘73), an alumna who steps back in time to discuss a CWRU student demonstration against the Vietnam War—culminating in a sit-in on Euclid Avenue after word reached campus of the protestor shootings at nearby Kent State University. 

Periodically, more stories will be shared on the Facebook pages of The Alumni Association and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.   

The Oral History Project is being launched to coincide with this year’s homecoming celebration and its theme, Your Homecoming, Your History. During homecoming and reunion events, individuals are encouraged to share their piece of CWRU’s history by recording their story for the Oral History Project at the Kelvin Smith Library’s Freedman Center’s one-touch recording studio. Individuals can stop by to record anytime the library is open.